At the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Lionsgate acquired an enjoyable little indie sports drama called The Winning Season, directed by James C Strouse. We havent heard much about the film since. Lionsgate is planning to release the film in New York City and Los Angeles on September 3rd 2010, and has finally released poster artwork and an official movie trailer.

The movie stars Sam Rockwell as an asshole alcoholic busboy who is given a chance to coach his local girl’s high school varsity basketball team. He has a strained relationship with his daughter (Emma Roberts), and only gets to see her once a week. Rockwell has described the movie as Bad News Bears meets Half Nelson meets Hoosiers, and that is a very accurate comparison. You can read my short festival review here.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and see the poster. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Poster:

Official Synopsis:

THE WINNING SEASON, a comedy from writer/director James C. Strouse starring Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts and Rob Corddry.

Set in suburban Indiana, the film stars Rockwell as Bill Greaves, an adult misfit recruited by the local high school principal (Corddry) to coach the school’s floundering girls’ basketball team. Initially retreating from what appears to be a hopeless situation, Bill perseveres and manages to help the team and its captain (Roberts) ratchet up its competitive spirit, while the girls offer Bill a renewed life focus. THE WINNING SEASON also stars Shareeka Epps, Emily Rios and Margo Martindale.

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